Grrrls on the Side
ISBN 13: 978-1-945053-21-4
Release Date: June 8, 2017
A Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Bronze Award Winner for Young Adult Fiction and a Bisexual Book Awards Finalist for Teen/Young Adult Fiction. A 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist for Best Cover Design Fiction.
The year is 1994 and alternative is in. But not for alternative girl Tabitha Denton; she hates her life. She is uninterested in boys, lonely, and sidelined by former friends at her suburban high school. When she picks up a zine at a punk concert, she finds an escape—an advertisement for a Riot Grrrl meet-up.
At the meeting, Tabitha finds girls who are more like her and a place to belong. But just as Tabitha is settling in with her new friends and beginning to think she understands herself, eighteen-year-old Jackie Hardwick walks into a meeting and changes her world forever. The out-and-proud Jackie is unlike anyone Tabitha has ever known. As her feelings for Jackie grow, Tabitha begins to learn more about herself and the racial injustices of the punk scene, but to be with Jackie, she must also come to grips with her own privilege and stand up for what’s right.
Praise for Grrrls on the Side
“Grrrls on the Side will have you cheering for the issues it brings to light and the sensitive way it handles them.” — Teen Vogue
“Like the riot-grrrl movement itself, unsubtle but full of heart.” — Kirkus Reviews
“…the universal themes of finding one’s voice and community will resonate with all readers.” — School Library Journal
“IF YOU LOVED: ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE by Benjamin Alire Sáenz YOU’LL LOVE: GRRRLS ON THE SIDE by Carrie Pack” — Julia Ember, author of Unicorn Tracks and The Seafarer’s Kiss
“Put this one on your list, people!” — Jaye Robin Brown, author of Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit